JCE 93.06 June 2016 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education June 2016

Visualizations for Chemistry Teaching and Learning

The June 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: visualizations for chemistry teaching and learning, periodic table resources for teaching visually impaired students, biochemistry in the classroom and laboratory, spectroscopy in the laboratory, commentaries on analytical chemistry topics, resources for teaching, distilling the archives: guided-inquiry experiments.


In the Editorial , Mary M. Kirchhoff of the Education Division of the ACS discusses a recent report by the National Academies, . This freely available resource offers a framework to guide and encourage chemists in engaging successfully with the public.

Visualizations for Chemistry Teaching and Learning

Visualizing Molecular Chirality: Cover Feature

The cholesteric liquid crystal phase is a fluid in which rod-like molecules are orientationally ordered, with an overall helical twist. Such phases can be induced by adding a chiral solute to an (achiral) nematic liquid crystal. With sufficiently powerful chiral dopants, the pitch of the twist is on the order of the wavelength of visible light, and the phase will selectively reflect circularly polarized light. This property allows for a straightforward macroscopic visualization of molecular chirality. In , Maia Popova, Stacey Lowery Bretz, and C. Scott Hartley describe a simple experiment in which students synthesize a single enantiomer of a chiral dopant and then dissolve it in a commercially available liquid crystal host. A film on a glass slide allows students to deduce the absolute configuration of their starting material by observing the reflection of light through the filters in disposable glasses for 3D video.

Visualization Using Models

~ Andrew T. Stull, Morgan Gainer, Shamin Padalkar, and Mary Hegarty

~ Stephanie Kimberlin and Ellen Yezierski

~ Laura Cipolla and Lia A. Ferrari

~ Kristy L. Turner

Better Understanding Using Visualizations

~ Resa M. Kelly and Sevil Akaygun

~ Paolo Coppo

Using Visualization To Teach Symmetry

~ Meghna A. Manae and Anirban Hazra

~ Kei Fuchigami, Matthew Schrandt, and Gary L. Miessler

ConfChem Conference on Interactive Visualizations

are free, open to the public, and run by the ACS DivCHED Committee on Computers in Chemical Education (). The  discussed Interactive Visualizations for Chemistry Teaching and Learning.

~ Robert Belford and Emily B. Moore

~ Resa M. Kelly

~ Elon Langbeheim and Sharona T. Levy

~ Sarah J. R. Hansen, Felicia M. Mensah, and Peter Gordon

~ Yuen-ying Carpenter, Emily B. Moore, and Katherine K. Perkins

~ Roy Tasker

~ Emily B. Moore and Paul D. Grossman

~ Cary A. Supalo

~ Emily B. Moore

Periodic Table Resources for Teaching Visually Impaired Students

~ Dennis Fantin, Marc Sutton, Lena J. Daumann, and Kael F. Fischer

~ Samuel Melaku, James O. Schreck, Kameron Griffin, and Rajeev B. Dabke

Biochemistry in the Classroom and Lab

Chemical Education Research ~ Camila Aparecida Tolentino Cicuto and Bayardo Baptista Torres

~ Hedeel Guy Evans, Deborah L. Heyl, and Peggy Liggit

~ Alyssa C. Hill, Logan M. Nickels, and Paul A. Sims


~ Thomas E. Vasquez Jr., Cristina Saldaña, Katy A. Muzikar, Debra Mashek, and Jane M. Liu

~ Linda S. Brunauer

Spectroscopy in the Laboratory

~ J. Michelle Leslie and Benjamin A. Tzeel

~ Patrick J. Burns, Pavel B. Tsitovich, and Janet R. Morrow

~ Todsapon Thananatthanachon

 ~ Abby C. Guerin, Kristi Riley, Kresimir Rupnik, and Daniel G. Kuroda

~ Karen I. Peterson and David P. Pullman

Commentaries on Analytical Chemistry Topics

~ Pawel L. Urban

~ Jonathan E. Thompson and Ly Brode

Resources for Teaching

~ Andrew L. Korich

~ Jean-Patrick Francoia and Laurent Vial

~ Joel Tellinghuisen

~ Jeffrey Kovac

~ Robert E. Buntrock

~ Shannon Andrews

Distilling the Archives: Guided-Inquiry Experiments

In this issue, Nimesh Mistry, Christopher Fitzpatrick, and Stephen Gorman describe a laboratory in which students . Some guided-inquiry experiments from past issues include:

~ Thomas S. Kuntzleman

~ Laura M. Lanni

~ Margaret L. Raydo, Megan S. Church, Zane W. Taylor, Christopher E. Taylor, and Amy M. Danowitz

~ Ingrid Montes, Chunqiu Lai, and David Sanabria

~ Sarah L. Cresswell and Wendy A. Loughlin

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